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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

From: =?UTF-8?Q?=54=6F=6D=20=56=69=6E=63=65=6E=74?= <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:43:04 +0300
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?=47=6F=6F=64=20=64=61=79?=

Good Day
I know that this will come to you as a surprise since we do not know each
other before.
For the purpose of introduction, I am The Former Presidency
Director-General, in South Africa.
After due deliberation , I decided to contact you for your assistance in
standing as benefactor to the sum of US$32.5Million (Thirty Two Million,
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
equivalent because, I and two other colleagues are currently in need of a
silent foreign partner whose identity we can use to transfer the said sum.
This fund accrued legitimately to us as commission from foreign contracts
with Department of Mining & Energy through our private connections.

The fund is presently waiting to be remitted from London in The United
Kingdom to any overseas beneficiary confirmed by me as associate/receiver.
By virtue of my political/religious position in my country, I cannot
acquire this money with my name. For this reason I took it upon myself to
look for an overseas silent partner who could work with me to facilitate
transfer of this fund for our mutual benefit, hence the reason for this
What I am requesting from you is:

(1) to be my silent partner and receive the funds as the sole benefactor
to the contract amount which I shall secure all legal documentation to
authenticate my claim London.

(2) Provide a private telephone number for easy communication under your
control .

(3)Receive the funds as the beneficiary, take out your commission after
tax and keep the rest of the money until I arrive there to meet you after
the transfer is completed.

My proposal is that after you receive the funds, it would be shared as
follows: (1) 20% to you as commission for your co-operation and assistance
in facilitating the transfer from The united kingdom to any of your
nominated account, while the remaining 80% belongs to me .
You will be free to take out your commission immediately after the money
hits your country. Since my objective is to invest the money in a foreign
country, it would be appreciated if you could also help me with advices
and direction on investing into profitable/lucrative ventures in your
country for an additional 5%.
However, this is optional, and if it is not convenient for you to further
assist us with investing the money, we can end our cooperation after you
make available to us our part of the money.

The transaction, although discrete, is legitimate and the money will be
transferred successfully with all necessary back-up official documents
showing legitimate source/origin of fund.
The transfer will be affected within a period not longer than two weeks as
soon as we reach an agreement and you furnish me with a suitable response
indicating your interest for processing the transfer.
I plead with you on one issue, whether you are interested or not, kindly
do not expose this information to any one else. I confirm that the
transaction is legitimate and without any risks either to us or yourself.
Please, give me your response immediately by return mail through my
alternate email:

Yours Truly,


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